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Extraordinary Dining Experiences

Article by Amiee White Beazley 12.05.2017

Dining experiences that stand out for delicious cuisine, exemplary service and spectacular settings etch a place in a person’s memory. Each of these seven experiences provide diners with a meal not soon forgotten.

1. A private candlelit dinner in a rustic, turn-of-the-century cabin

Bachelor Gulch, Colorado — Rich in history and one of the most important landmarks in Beaver Creek, this small log home feels like stepping back in time. Located upslope from The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Anderson’s Cabin was the historical home of John Anderson, one of seven bachelors who settled the gulch in the early 1900s, giving the area its name. With incredible views of the Beaver Creek ski area and the expansive Vail Valley, this cabin, exclusive to guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, offers both lunch and dinner for small groups up to 14.

2. Long tail boat to picnic at a blue lagoon

Krabi, Thailand — Cruise across the blue waters of Phulay Bay on a traditional long tail boat — brushed by warm breezes, with the smell of jasmine in the air — to Hong Island. There you can enjoy a signature picnic along a hidden lagoon. In the Thai language, the translation of the island’s name is “the island with the room,” thanks to the stunning natural feature located in its center. White-sand beaches, jutting rocks covered in lush flora — of such are dreams of paradise made.

3. Immerse yourself in Mexico’s rich culinary traditions

Cancun, Mexico — The lure of the Yucatan Peninsula is rooted in its coastal scenery and rich culture and traditions. The Culinary Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun invites guests to dig into the soul of Mexico with hands-on cooking classes. Under the instruction of the resort’s chefs, you will be immersed in a lesson on Mexico’s native cuisine, followed by a meal paired with craft cocktails and wine at the chef’s table. Should private dining be on your menu, inquire about one of Cancun’s beachside casitas where you can dine alfresco beneath the moonlight.

4. A cozy, lakeside feast

Lake Oconee, Georgia — Lake time means seclusion from the city, and for couples looking for even more of a retreat, the private chimenea three-course meal at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee brings fine dining to the most tranquil of atmospheres. Take a seat in our Adirondack chairs lakeside and begin the evening with a champagne toast. As night descends and you are warmed by your personal chimenea bonfire, the meal comes paired with a bottle of red or white wine and a scrumptious dessert to share. Guests can also take advantage of personal BBQ Butler at their cottage.

5. Romantic dinner along the river

Ubud, Bali —  Just steps away from the Ayung River, bask in the glow of the moonlit sky of Bali and savor a six-course tasting menu, paired with wine, that showcases the finest of Bali’s fresh produce and is handcrafted by the culinary team at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Your personal host for the evening will take care of all the details as you breathe in the fresh scent of rose petals that surround your table and enjoy the soothing sounds of the river passing one of the most romantic locations on the island.

6. Golden sands and dining on the dunes

Al Wadi Desert, United Arab Emirates — Surrounded by the Al Hajar Mountains and the Arabian Gulf, Ras Al Khaimah is known for its natural beauty. Dining experience here use the landscape to set the tone of each meal. The Tower offers the essence of traditional outdoor desert dining in a private, luxurious setting. Or be surrounded by the golden sands of the Ras Al Khaimah desert for Dining on the Dunes, where the hospitality, cuisine and home of the Bedouin people are on full display.

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Plan a Visit to these Destinations

  • Bachelor Gulch

    Location Beaver Creek, Colorado


    • Unparalleled ski-in, ski-out access
    • A 21,00 sq. ft. spa with locally inspired therapies
    • Three- and four-bedroom penthouse residences
  • Phulay Bay

    Location Krabi, Thailand

    Experience A luxurious spa sanctuary with an aura of serenity and surrender.

    • Unique private dining experiences
    • Local and cultural activities
    • Discover the natural scenery of Krabi
  • Cancun

    Location Cancun, Mexico

    Experience A luxurious retreat along Mexico’s Mayan coastline.

    • AAA Five Diamond Awarded resort & restaurants
    • Ancient Mayan therapies at Kayantá Spa
    • Culinary Center & interactive cooking classes
  • Reynolds, Lake Oconee

    Location Lake Oconee, Georgia

    Experience Enjoy fishing, waterskiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding & more

    • 75 miles from Atlanta on 30 acres of shoreline
    • Lakeside cottages, championship golf, locally inspired cuisine
    • Recently renovated infinity pool and spa
  • Bali, Ubud, Mandapa

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience A sanctuary set among rolling hills, a river and rice terrace.

    • Discover hidden templates and lush forests
    • Romantic, private dining experiences
    • Wellness programs for mind, body and soul
  • Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

    Location Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

    Experience Romance and relaxation, adventure and natural beauty.

    • Located in a unique 500 hectare nature reserve
    • 101 private luxury pool-villas
    • Local and International cuisine, destination dining experiences